‘The client’s brief in the project Emerald Garden, Swaroop Nagar, Kanpur called for a mix of 3, 4 and 5 BHK units, amidst regular towers and iconic towers with an assortment of units split into regular floors, penthouses, garden apartments and club- side apartments. Facilitating a design that is centered around the opulent clubhouse and other amenities, our planning approach aimed to consolidate the central greens, while crafting vista views towards the low-rise parts of the development’, says Anand Sharma, Design Forum International (DFI) with DP Architects (Singapore)
Located in the heart of Kanpur city in Swaroop Nagar, Emerald garden is a lush green township spread across an area of approximately 40 acres. Sited in one of the exclusive areas of Kanpur within a plush neighborhood, the design of this contemporary, well-planned township aims to craft villa-like residences, within the benefits of a large residential complex. Without losing the privacy, luxury and premium nature of an individual residential unit, the development is targeted at people who are accustomed to living in large homes, but miss out on the communal nature, facilities, amenities and security of a gated enclave.
Designed in collaboration with DP Architects (Singapore), the masterplan comprises of residential plots, flats, clubhouse, commercial, etc. with 60% of the built volume being designed as a low-rise development. Breaking away from the traditional 4 units to a box cluster, there is a focus on clubbing two units together into the different arms of the cluster. Enabling the sun, wind and view requirements of the towers, an unfolded 4/5 to a core layout is adopted. The cluster of the Iconic tower is the feature element and is conceived as a classical elliptical shape, lending itself to flowing peripheral balconies. All apartments are designed with Balconies in each bedroom and the drawing room with large openings to ensure better light and ventilation. Manifesting as a sleek 100-m high cylindrical tower with an expansive view of the Ganges and the Kanpur urbanscape, the resulting form enjoys stunning views of the greenery. Taking inspiration from the modern-day sky scrapers of metropolises, the façade of this iconic tower is a manifestation of the sense and sensibilities of a jet-setting citizen. The approach to architecture is a seamless integration of outdoors with the entrance lobby indoors. The common areas at each floor level and interiors of the apartments follow a cohesive, singular theme that is in sync with the overall aesthetic.
Adjacent to the swimming pool and smoothly manicured lawns, is the elegant clubhouse that is one of the highlights of the development. An elevated plinth envelopes all towers, wrapping around the buildings and acts as a stilt area. Extending as a multifunctional space at some places, this adds fluidity and flexibility in the design. The patios flow through the clubhouse leading from entrance lobby of individual towers and wind through the club spaces all the way up to swimming pool. With separate pools for adults and children, a waterside juice bar, a state-of-the-art gym, an indoor badminton court, squash court, and a community room, the clubhouse is a means of leisure and relaxation for all age groups residing within the complex.
The landscape is conceptualized as a whole instead of individual patches, thereby wrapping the towers around the central green. The iconic tower sits on a raised mount, and the landscape manifests on site as an interplay of greens and the club. The focal theme is rolling and undulating greens, running around the towers with the swimming pool, kids play zone, kids play zone and courts becoming central pieces of the entire landscape. Impeccable design, finest global fittings and finishes, fire safety measures, earthquake-resistant construction, Disabled-friendly common spaces and bathrooms and advanced security systems are features that make the development unique in all aspects. Peripheral walls are constructed and designed to prevent water seepage, better insulation and safety.
Sited amidst agricultural farms on one end and low-rise housing on the other, the spacious balconies open out to an ethereal view of the river Ganges, creating an aura of calm and serenity within the residential domain. A large vehicle-free podium area, adds the to the secure environs conceived as the prime intent of the development.
- project: Emerald Garden
- architect: Anand Sharma (Principal Architect) Design Forum International (India) with DP Architects (Singapore)
- area: 11 acre
- year of commencement: 2012
- year of completion: 2016
- photographs: Design Forum International